Iconic American guitarist Duane Eddy dies age 86 following cancer battle: ‘The first rock and roll guitar god’

Iconic American musician and guitarist Duane Eddy, who is said to have invented twang, has died at the age of 86, his representative has confirmed.

Eddy, died on April 30 in Tennessee, and according to AP the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer died following a cancer battle. His wife Deed Abbate reportedly confirmed his cause of death.

A representative told Variety in a statement: “Duane inspired a generation of guitarists the world over with his unmistakable signature ‘Twang’ sound.”

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“He was the first rock and roll guitar god, a truly humble and incredible human being.

The statement finished: “He will be sorely missed.”

Eddy, who was born in New York in 1938, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

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The guitarist produced hit tracks including Rebel-Rouser, Cannonball and Peter Gunn.

He worked alongside producer Lee Hazlewood throughout his incredible career and was a Grammy winner.

His last album Road Trip was released in 2011. 

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Speaking about his career, he previously told Guitar World: “But when you get right down to it, I guess I really was the first rock ‘n’ roll guitar star, and it really kicked off the guitar instrumental phenomenon.”

“I didn’t know I was going to do all that. I just wanted a hit record, I just wanted to make a living!

He is said to have inspired the likes of Bruce Springsteen in his career and recorded with Paul McCartney.

“I had a distinctive sound that people could recognize and I stuck pretty much with that. I’m not one of the best technical players by any means; I just sell the best,” he told AP in 1986.

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